Former Intel panel chairman says Trump betrayed US intelligence community

Former Intel panel chairman says Trump betrayed US intelligence community
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A former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE betrayed the U.S. intelligence community by accepting Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials about Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"The President’s performance yesterday in Helsinki was nothing short of shocking," former Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersHillicon Valley: House panel subpoenas 8chan owner | FCC takes step forward on T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Warren wants probe into FTC over Equifax settlement | Groups make new push to end surveillance program House Homeland Security Committee subpoenas 8chan owner Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post MORE (R-Mich.) tweeted. "To ignore the conclusions of our entire intelligence community and simply accept the word of a former KGB officer is a betrayal of our brave intelligence professionals."
 
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Rogers said in a series of tweets that it's a fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and that the country continues to launch "bold and increasingly aggressive cyber-attacks against our infrastructure."
 
"Fact: Russia actively undermines our interests and those of our allies in Europe," Rogers said, adding that embracing Putin "as openly as the President did, and in the face of clear Russian provocations, is to fundamentally cede our global leadership to the very person that wants to see America fail." 
 
His comments came a day after Trump and Putin concluded a high-stakes summit in Helsinki, Finland, where Trump criticized special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's Russia probe and refused to denounce Russian interference in the 2016 election.
 
In a joint press conference to wrap up the summit, Trump said Mueller's probe is a "disaster" for the U.S. He also said he saw no reason why Russia would interfere in the 2016 presidential election, citing Putin's denials.
 
Trump's performance during the 45-minute joint press conference was widely condemned by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, with many calling it "shameful" and a "disgrace."
 
On Tuesday, Trump defended the meeting with Putin, tweeting that "while I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way — the Fake News is going Crazy!"